In 1979 Shenzen was named “Special Economic Zone” which allowed it to get out of the communist system and allow private entrepreneurship. At that time, Shenzen had 300,000 inhabitants but the urban area only had 20,000. Today, it is a city of 12 million inhabitants, is one of the most important cities in China, has one of the largest ports, its own currency market, its own golf championship and houses the most important factory of the technological giant Foxconn of all the world. That was the way it was in 1980 and that’s how it is today in photos.

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